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Graduation traditions continue

Graduation traditions continue

The newly proclaimed graduates of the Hillsboro High School Class of 2015 celebrate with the traditional cap toss near the conclusion of commencement ceremonies Saturday afternoon. The original plan was to have an outdoor event, but by Thursday school officials decided to heed forecasts of thunderstorms and moved the event inside Robert C. Brown Gymnasium. Marion and Goessel high schools […]

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Rain prompts minor flooding

Rain prompts minor flooding

Two to three inches of rain fell in Marion County Saturday on the heels of additional rains earlier in the week. By Sunday morning, some flooding occurred in predictable places, such the South Cottonwood River that runs through the Ebenfeld community southeast of Hillsboro. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Two to three inches of rain fell in Marion County Saturday […]

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Goessel patrons authorize LOB increase by 4-1

Goessel patrons authorize LOB increase by 4-1

• USD 411 is third school district in the county to raise local taxes to cover loss of state funding. By a margin of nearly 4-1, Goessel Unified School District 411 became the third district in Marion County to authorize a property-tax increase to generate more money for its schools in lieu of state funding reductions. Mail-in ballots were counted […]

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Towns plan Memorial Day events

• Events begin Friday and climax Monday. Veterans groups in Marion County will pause Monday to remember active-duty service men and women who died while serving their country, and the public is welcome to attend. Ceremonies are planned in Hillsboro, Marion, Florence, Peabody, Pilsen, Lincolnville and other nearly locations. Hillsboro This year’s keynote speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony in […]

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KDHE funds playground project at $48,674

KDHE funds playground project at $48,674

• Work could begin this week, principal says. The days are numbered: HES north playground on an average dry day. Free Press file photo Hillsboro Elementary School received word Thurs­day that the Kansas Depart­ment of Health and Environ­ment will be funding a grant of $48,674 for the school’s playground project. It was the second largest grant issued from a total […]

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Banking on change

Banking on change

A new location isn’t the only adjustment for the Marion County Food Bank. Janell Holter stocks the shelves with canned goods in the new home for the Marion County Food Book at 1220 Main St. in Marion. The building had been used as a youth center. Patty Decker / Free Press Marion County’s food bank moved out of Valley United […]

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USD 398 patrons pass LOB request

USD 398 patrons pass LOB request

Patrons of Unified School District 398 Pea­body-Burns authorized its board of education to increase the local option ballot taxing authority from 30 percent to 33 percent by nearly a 3-1 margin by mail-in ballot. The result was 360 votes in favor and 137 against. “I’m happy that we’ll be able to have the funds in order to meet the flat […]

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Hillsboro adopts street-seal plan, including Main

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil approved during its May 5 meeting a street-seal plan for 2015 that will include all of Main Street and several street sections in various parts of town. Circle C Paving of God­dard submitted the low bid of $116,500 among three competing companies. In addition to Main Street, the plan includes: • one block of Grand Avenue […]

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Quilt memorializes man’s love for motorcycles

Quilt memorializes man’s love for motorcycles

Marie Kessler and Bob Kasitz pose by the T-shirt quilt Kessler created for Kasitz to memorialize his brother David’s love for motorcycle adventures. Patty Decker / Free Press Almost 18 months after David Kasitz died, his brother, Bob Kasitz of Newton, and friend Marie Kessler of Hillsboro, immortalized his memory in their own ways. At age 60, David succumbed to […]

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4-H news, May 13, 2015

• The meeting of the Tampa Triple T’s was called to order at 5:30 p.m. April 12. Roll call was answered by 13 members, three leaders, three parents and three guests. Hanne McDermott gave a talk on taking care of baby goats. Karsen Kroupa gave a talk on his bug project. Thank-you to the Peabody Achievers for coming to evaluate […]

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